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By K. E. Silva. 2006
When Jean Sousa's uncle, a high-ranking politician on the fictional Caribbean -island of Baobique, is diagnosed with brain cancer, Jean… is forced to reconcile difficult family relationships and her place among them.
By Marilyn French. 2013
Sisters, daughters, mothers, wives--Marilyn French's life-affirming saga celebrates four generations of women With Bella Dabrowski close to death, her daughter… Anastasia, who has reinvented herself as Stacey Stevens, is trying to penetrate the longstanding barriers between them to understand the woman who gave her life.Through the eyes of Stacey, a divorced, feminist New York photographer, we get to know Bella, a remarkable woman, wife, and mother. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Bella, who renamed herself Belle, clawed her way out of poverty and settled into a middle-class existence.Shifting perspectives between the two women, the reader is drawn into Belle's life through the lean years of the Depression as well as Stacey's recollections of her youthful marriage, a lesbian affair, and her tempestuous relationship with her own daughter, Arden. One of French's most ambitious works, Her Mother's Daughter explores the complex, indestructible bonds between daughters and mothers.
By Michel Tremblay. 1972
Raucous, reckless, and rude, the women of Les Belles Soeurs shamelessly share their most secret hopes and fears, complain stridently… about their friends and relatives, and fantasize wistfully about escaping the misogynist drudgery of their lives. With the premiere of this play in 1968, Joual, the distinctive Québec vernacular, was legitimized, and Tremblay became "the father of the Québécois language."